You will really enjoy a visit to the Johnson Farm Dinosaur Museum which is
right in the middle of St. George. The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at
Johnson Farm displays some of the oldest and best-preserved dinosaur tracks in
the world. Dinosaur tracks were discovered on the Johnson farm in February,
2000. The site is still in the early stages of scientific study – to date more
than 1,000 tracks have been found within a 10-acre area. Most of these tracks
were made by Dilophosaurus-like creatures and are three-toed, 13-18 inches long.
There are also some smaller tracks and researchers have identified skin prints
and impressions made by tail drags and swimming movements. The tracks were found
in large slabs of sandstone dating back some 200 million years to the beginning
of the dinosaur era.
Residents of Washington County walked, worked and planted over that sandstone
for many years, never realizing it sheltered this treasure trove of dinosaur
artifacts. Most of the tracks are “negative impression” casts that appear as
bumps on the stone. The area was once the bottom of an ancient freshwater lake
in the center of the super-continent Pangea. Footprints left in the mud filled
with silt and sand, and more sand was deposited over the top. The mixture
eventually solidified into sandstone and mudstone, forming the casts. Dr.
Johnson donated his land to the city of St. George and the U.S. Congress
recently appropriated funds to help construct a science and visitor center.
Volunteers do most of the work at the site. Small groups can just show up during
open hours. Larger groups should schedule a tour. To get there, take exit 10
from I-15 onto 3050 East (Pineview Drive). Follow it south until it swings to
the southwest and becomes Riverside Drive. Just continue driving until you reach
the site, which is marked by a sign.
SUMMER HOURS (March 1 – October 31)
- Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sundays – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Holidays: The museum is open for all summer holidays, including Memorial Day, July 4th, Pioneer Day (July 24th), and Labor Day
WINTER HOURS (November 1 – February 28):
- Mon – Sat 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sundays – CLOSED
- Holidays: The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. (We may close early the evening before these holidays as well as for special events.)
- Adults $6
- Children ages 4-11 $3
- Children under 4 Free
- Group rates (10 or more) are adults $4, children 4-11 $2, under 4 free
- School groups or special tour groups – please call 435-574-3466, x1 to make arrangements
- Address: 2180 E. Riverside Drive
- Phone: 435-574-DINO (3466)